Location and Boundaries

* Located at the midsection of the country or at the southern tip of Luzon.
* Total land area: 17,562.52 sq. km.

Political Subdivisions

* Composed of 4 mainland provinces (Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, and Sorsogon) and 2 island provinces (Catanduanes and Masbate).
* Composed of 7 cities, 107 municipalities, and 3,471 barangays.
* Divided into 14 congressional districts.


* Seventy-two (72) percent of the population resides in rural areas.

Land Use

* Fifty (50) percent agricultural land; 30 percent grassland; 13 percent forestland; 5 percent wetland; and 2 percent miscellaneous uses.

Regional Economy

* GRDP reached 34.4 billion pesos (at constant 1985 prices) in 2005, growing 5.0 percent from the previous year.

* The regional economic growth of 5.0 percent in 2005 was the 7th highest among regions, but contribution to national GDP at 2.85 percent remained low, ranking 10th among regions.
* Per capita GRDP of P6,632 is the second lowest in the country next to ARMM.
* Regional economy is predominantly agricultural, with 33.9 percent of GRDP contributed by the agriculture and fishery sector, which grew by 7.7 percent in 2005.
* The mining/quarrying and transport/communication/storage subsectors, likewise, indicate strong potential in propelling the economy, with their significant growth and contribution to GRDP.

Labor and Employment

* Of the total population 15 years old and over, 66.6 percent are in the labor force, i.e., those who work or are looking for work.
* 95.2 percent were employed in 2005, an increase from 92.3 percent in 2004.
* However, 34.9 percent reported to be underemployed, i.e., those who work for less than 8 hours a day and still looking for additional work.

Labor and Employment Indicator

* The most number of employed persons (0.946 million) are in the agriculture sector, which is dominated by males.

* The services sector is the second biggest employer with 0.821 million workers, more than half of whom are females.
* The industry sector is the least employer, with 0.225 workers and mostly males.
* The region contributes about 7 percent to national palay production; 21 percent to national coconut production; and 25 percent to national abaca production. It is also the second major cassava-producing region in the country.


* Freshwater lakes have a total area of 21,005 hectares, with tilapia as the leading freshwater fish.
* Major marine species caught in the region are siganids and tuna.

Trade and Industry

* Traditional exports include copra, abaca fiber, and coconut oil; non-traditional exports include home furnishings, gifts, holiday decor, wearables, and marine products.

* Total Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as of 2002 was about 27 thousand, accounting for 3.3 percent of the country’s total.
* Of the total MSMEs, 91 percent was classified under the services sector, particularly Wholesale and Retail Trade; only 3 percent was under the Agriculture, Fishery, and Forestry sector; and about 6 percent was under the industry sector, particularly the Manufacturing subsector.

Mineral Resources

* GRDP reached 34.4 billion pesos (at constant 1985 prices) in 2005, growing 5.0 percent from the previous year.

* The region abounds with metallic (271M metric tons) and non-metallic (620M metric tons) minerals - gold, silver, pyrite, limestone, marble, perlite, bentonite, iron, red and white clay, silica sand, pumice, copper, zinc, uranium, manganese, and lead.